American Holidays as an Expat:
Holidays vary from country to country. Relocating to the United States means learning a new culture and way of life. In the U.S., a major part of the American culture are its’ holidays. Federal holidays are typically observed nationally and often come with days off from work and school. Many retailers often celebrate with major sales events. Take advantage of these holidays as it’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself into the American lifestyle.
What is Columbus Day?
Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that represents the landing of Christopher Columbus in the new world on October 12th, 1492. Becoming a federal holiday in 1937 thanks to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, this day for many Americans symbolizes the day the western world was discovered.
Christopher Columbus intended to create a sea route to China and India by traveling westward in search of gold and spices. Instead, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to ever explore the Americas!
How to Celebrate like an American:
In much of the United States, Columbus Day has become a celebration for the Italian-American heritage. Local groups of Italians host parades, fairs, and festivals that feature costumes, music and Italian food. Also, many Americans use this day to participate in Native American traditions such as dance and Native American ceremonies.
Make sure to drive safe and enjoy every bit of your Columbus Day!
Sources: http://www.history.com, www.timeanddate.com